Mouth-to-Snout Saves Baby Tapir

The Denver Zoo had a scare on September 3rd when its Malayan tapir went into labor. It was the first tapir birth for the zoo.  

Rinny, the zoo's female tapir, was having trouble while giving birth to a calf last month and a staffer freed the newborn from the mother's amniotic sac. After successfully helping to extract the calf, zoo members aided the newborn by performing "mouth to snout rescue breaths," the zoo said in a media release Friday.

The staff helped the calf get liquid out of his lungs and breathe.

"It's always a little scary when something like this happens, but thankfully we all have great resources and training," said Rebecca McCloskey, an assistant curator with the zoo.

The calf is a male the zoo named Dumadi. He is now thriving. Link (with video) -via Arbroath

(Image credit: Denver Zoo)

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